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The U.S. Embassy in Barbados is transitioning to a new appointment and document delivery service for the non-immigrant visa unit.

The new process, implemented at U.S. Embassies worldwide, is designed to be more convenient and user-friendly, the Embassy said in a release.

In addition to the new online system, call centre representatives will substantially expand available hours for applicants to obtain information by phone.

Starting March 21, applicants can book a new appointment online or by phone 246-620-3399.

Beginning March 21, 2013, call centre representatives will be available:

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Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. (Eastern Caribbean time). The Local telephone: 246-620-3399

The Embassy website will include updates about the changes, general visa information and a link to the new scheduling website. These two websites and the call centre are the only official sources of general visa information and are the only authorized methods to schedule a personal visa interview. Applicants who have scheduled an appointment under the old system should proceed using the existing procedure.

New Non-Immigrant Visa Application Procedure

1.Complete your DS-160 Online Visa Application here.

2.Visit this website and create an account ID.

3.Use a credit card to pay your application fee. Applicants located in Barbados can also pay cash at Scotiabank locations.

4.Schedule an appointment for your visa interview online or by phone through the call centre. This service will be free of charge.

5.Applicants will be able to pick up their passports at no additional cost from the DHL office in Barbados. Similar to the current procedure, if applicants wish to pay for an additional courier service to another location, they can do so independently or make arrangements with DHL personnel co-located at the U.S. Embassy.

If you have additional questions, please visit the website, or contact the call centre at 246-620-3399.

More information is available as “Frequently Asked Questions” on the U.S. State Department’s web page. Additional information on the visa application process is available on U.S. Embassy Bridgetown’s website.